Saracens Women confirm coaching structure for 22/23 season
Saracens Women are pleased to announce our coaching structure ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The same key staff who have spearheaded the programme for the last few seasons all continue, with Alex Austerberry promoted to the role of Director of Rugby.
Austerberry describes the change of title as something that has been “a natural process over the last few seasons,”
The new role will see Austerberry take full accountability for managing players and senior coaches. He will also be responsible for retaining and recruiting players and coaches and will drive the Saracens culture across the team.
“It’s more about formalising what has already been in place,” he explained. “It’s very much a natural progression.”
Elsewhere, the coaching team remains very stable, with Lewis Sones continuing the strong work he has done as Assistant Coach and Performance Pathway Manager. He will continue to be the driving force behind our pathway programmes, as well as the players transitions into the senior squad. Sones will also continue the fine work he has been doing as Assistant Coach.
James Tirrell will be expanding his involvement with the women's squad, building on the impressive work already done, alongside Sones and Austerberry. Tirrell has two decades of experience with Saracens and will continue to work with the men's Academy alongside his women's coaching responsibilities
Finally, Juan Figallo will continue in his role as Forwards Coach. Since taking on the role, Figallo has helped turn the Saracens pack into one of the most feared in the country. This was clear to see in last season’s Premier15s final, where the performances of those in the pack set the platform for the victory.
With the new season kicking off this weekend, the coaching team are no doubt looking forward to seeing the hard work on the training ground transfer over onto the field.